Leadership and Public Service High School

Grades: 9-12
90 Trinity Place
Manhattan NY 10006
Phone: 212-346-0007

Our Insights

What’s Special

Partnership with Syracuse University

The Downside

Attendance and graduation rates have a ways to go; no gymnasium

Leadership and Public Service High School is a small school with a focus on humanities and business located a few blocks from Wall Street in the Financial District. Students may earn college credit by taking courses sponsored by Syracuse University during the school year at Leadership and over the summer at the university.

In the humanities program, students complete a sequence of courses that emphasize law and social justice, such as philosophy, social justice through film and the American experiment.

The business program is bolstered through partnerships with Edelman Financial Services and Zurich Insurance, which provide opportunities to attend workshops and shadow industry professionals where they work. Students participate in the NASDAQ: Business Plan Competition and take business-themed courses on topics such as entrepreneurship.

About 80 students participate in Syracuse University Mentor Mentee Alliance (SUMMA), a program that pairs students with mentors who are Syracuse alumni. Students and their mentors attend events together, perform community service, practice for interviews and work on college admissions.

Select students spend several weeks at Syracuse in the summer after 11th grade taking classes and living in the dorms. Students may also take free courses at CUNY and Touro Colleges.

Incoming freshmen attend a one-week program over the summer to help them acclimate to school before the official start of the school year.

Philip Santos has been principal since 2011. A former social studies teacher and assistant principal at Samuel Gompers, Santos has a good rapport with students, according to staff.

Leadership gets high marks for fostering a positive learning environment, according to the Quality Review Report. The school uses a “restorative justice” approach to discipline, which was featured in a New York Times Magazine article. Students and staff work to minimize suspensions and promote positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action.

To keep tabs on students’ progress and head off problems before they escalate, teachers serve as advisers to a group of students they meet with several times each week. During advisories, students discuss current events, learn about health, engage in restorative justice exercises, and get help preparing for the PSAT and SAT.

After school, students may participate in clubs and sports as well as a range of community service projects, such as volunteering at hospitals, the ASPCA or Visions, a service for the blind and visually impaired. Teachers schedule field trips to museums and other venues.

Despite the positives, challenges persist at Leadership. Its attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average, and nearly half of the students say there are not enough classes and activities to keep them interested, based on responses to the NYC School Survey. 

Nevertheless, each year, graduates earn scholarships and go on to SUNY and CUNY colleges, with a small group going to private schools, including Syracuse University. Leadership provides graduates who attend Syracuse University with ongoing support during college. A full-time college adviser guides students through the college admissions process and organizes trips to college campuses.

The school does not have a gymnasium; students use a multipurpose room or play sports in Battery Park.

ADMISSIONS: Open to New York City students. Admission is based on the educational option formula that is designed to attract a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, via interview and web reports, March 2018)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Leadership and Public Service
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students complete a sequence of courses and activities in Law, Leadership, and Public Policy; Syracuse University Summer College and Syracuse University Project Advance.

Business and Entrepreneurship
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This is a four-year program designed to develop our students' ability to compete in today's business market as professional, global, 21st-century leaders. Our curriculum includes partnerships with Edelman, Zurich, and NASDAQ that focuses on competing in business programs, shadowing professionals, and participating in workshops focused on professional skills development, all supported by courses focused on business, economics, law, and entrepreneurship.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP World History: Modern


Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to Rector St; 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Fulton St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Wall St; 6 Line to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; E Line to World Trade Center; R Line, W Line to Cortlandt St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9


Philip Santos
Parent Coordinator
Valerie Casey

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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